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Hardcover, 30 pages
Published March 14th 1949 by Viking Children's Books (first published 1946)
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Rachel
I thought this was a very odd book but well-done. Let me explain. The story was done in rhyme with detailed pen drawings of the animals and splashes of blue and peach in the background. The language is a bit out-dated, but is fun to read. The book won a 1947 Caldecott Honor.

The story is about Timothy Turtle, who runs a ferry service with his friend Drake. Wanting to feel more adventurous and important, he decides to climb Took-A-Look hill, no small feat for a slow turtle. On the way up, a bould
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Lorna
1947 Caldecott Honor

Favorite illustration: The "Welcome Home, Timothy" page at the end with all of the forest animals surrounding Timothy in the clearing.

Favorite line:
"'Don't be a dunderhead! echoed the hill,
'Dunderhead,
dunderhead,
dun . . .

Don't be a blunderhead! don't be a pill!
Venture! adventure! away with a will!
Think of the fame - and the wonderful thrill,
Wonderful,
wonderful
one!"


Kid-appeal today: I loved Timothy! It felt like a whimsical storybook with fun rhyme and creative text design
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Ed
I agree that the illustrations in this book are not spectacular, but I find this is one of the best Caldecott books to read to your children. I have read this story to both my kids over 100 times, and they both loved it. It is a wonderful story, and still makes me laugh every time I read it. Most importantly, the illustrations help the story, and they blend well together, which may be why I love this book so much, as do my children. It may not be easy to find a copy, since I believe it is out of ...more
Molly
Timothy Turtle wants an adventure and attempts to climb a him. However, what will he do when a boulder that turns him upside down?

This is one of the first older Caldecott Honor books I can see myself actually reading to a child and them enjoying it. The rhyming text reminded me of Dr. Suess and the story is reminiscent of The Little Engine That Could. I also like how the printed text mirrored the action in the story. I think kids will like this one.
Laura5
The illustrations were not necessarily my favorite, but it was certainly a fun story to read aloud with my 6 year old. The language was silly and rhyming - meant for a young audience to enjoy.
The Bud especially liked the map on the end papers of Timothy Turtle's adventure.
Paul
I'm not a fan, but I might cycle back to this book to read it with children (based on the ratings of others). I found the text too long, the illustrations okay, and the story not that strong.
Natalia Ortega-Brown
Great cadence and rhythm. Definitely meant to be read aloud. One of my favorite Caldecott's from the 1040s.
Mckinley
Totally can sympathize with this turtle after my mountain climbing adventures last summer.
Caldecott honor.
Mary
I enjoyed the rhythm of the text and the illustrations that were scattered amongst the text at points.
Carol
When I was a kid I loved this story so much I named my pet turtle -- what else? -- Timothy.
Mandy J. Hoffman
It was okay, but just long and drawn out with not much of a line.
Brindi
1947 Caldecott Honor

this was a fun story
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